Curriculum Vitae


n  1986 – JD, summa cum laude, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas; class rank 4 (top 1%); Technical Editor, South Texas Law Journal; Brief Writer, Moot Court Teams; Order of the Lytae (honor society)

n  1980 – BA, cum laude, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

Texas; admitted to practice before the U.S. Fifth Circuit and U.S. District Courts of the Western and Southern Districts of Texas
Professional experience
n  P. Pierce Law, P.C., legal practice focusing on issues faced by local businesses and start-ups, Austin, TX

n  Previously, Texas Legal Services Center, Austin, TX, Manager of Hotline Programs – responsible for operations of hotline programs, supervise managers of hotlines including the Legal Hotline for Texans, crime victims’ services, services to victims of identity theft, and services to self-represented litigants; authored grant applications both state and federal that brought funding of over $2,000,000 to the organization and have successfully managed grant based programs including start-up activities, hiring, day-to-day operations, and reporting. Successfully represented a group of clients before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in In re: Allen, et al., No. 12-40954 (9/6/2012).

n  Private legal practice, Austin, TX focusing on litigation and mediation; case handling including all phases of litigation as well as contract legal services to law firms including trial consulting, depositions, witness preparation, drafting of motions and discovery, pretrial proceedings, and trials.

n  Cook & Wallace, Houston, TX, Associate Attorney for a firm that handled medical malpractice, product liability, and other complex civil litigation; both first and second chair trial experience in personal injury, consumer rights, medical malpractice, and workers compensation cases.

n  Supreme Court of Texas, Briefing Attorney to Justice James P. Wallace

professional activities and honors
Member: State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow, American Bar Association, Austin Bar Association; Robert Calvert Inn – American Inns of Court

Trainer and Consultant: Office for Victims of Crime – Technical Training and Assistance Center (United States Department of Justice); National Crime Victim Law Institute; and Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center

Author: Author of numerous publications including but not limited to: No Contest: Why Protective Orders Provide Victims Superior Protection to Bond Conditions, to be published in American Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 40:3, 2013; Victim’s Action Plan, a primer on recovering from identity theft and financial fraud, Texas Legal Services Center, 2008; Recovering from a Disaster: Pension and Retirement Issues, Texas Legal Services Center, 2005; Identifying and Resolving Common Pension Problems, Texas Legal Services Center, 2004

Co-Author: Expanding Services to Reach Victims of Identity Theft, USDOJ Office for Victims of Crime, 2010, and No Contest: Why Protective Orders Provide Victims Superior Protection Than Bond Conditions, to be published in the American Journal of Criminal Law, Fall 2013.

Speaker: Legislative Update, Advanced Consumer & Commercial Law, State Bar of Texas, 2013; Victim Rights in Texas, webinar, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, 2013; Identity Theft and Youth, webinar, Legal Services Corporation, 2013; Senior Exploitation, South Texas College of Law, 2012; Speaker on Reverse Mortgages, Bankruptcy CLE, South Texas College of Law, 2011; National Center for Victims of Crime Annual Conference 2010, 2011; Texas Poverty Law Conference 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012; REACH 2008, 2009, 2010; Texas Victim Services Association Conference 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; National Crime Victims Law Institute National Conference 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013; National Organization for Victims Assistance Conference 2008, National Pension Rights Conference 2006; People’s Law School, 2010; ABA Business Law Section National Meeting 2010; Texas Conference on Aging 2010; Nursing Home Ombudsman Annual Conference, Texas DADS, 2010..

Service: Committee on Ethics, ABA GP Solo Section, 2013 to present; Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee, State Bar of Texas, 1987-1991; Legal Services Liaison, Live Chat Subcommittee, 2010-2014; Task Force on Pro Bono, 2013; Co-Chair: Legal Services to the Poor Committee, Texas Young Lawyers Association, 1989; Advocate of the Year, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, 2013; Pro Bono Award, Houston Bar Foundation, 1990; Texas Feminist of the Year Award, 1996 (award from Texas NOW for pro bono legal work on behalf of low income women)

Community activities
Member, All Saints Episcopal Church, 1990-present (Vestry 2000-2003 and 2008-2010, Discernment Committee, Sunday School teacher, Lay Reader)

Board Member, Austin Foundation for Eating Disorders, 2011-2014

Volunteer presenter on protecting seniors from exploitation, fraud, and identity theft, Family Eldercare 2010 to present

Board Member, Zilker Theatre Productions, 2006-2008

Board Member, Foundation for the Homeless, Inc., 1993-1996

Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar, Travi County, 2014 to present

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